- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

Reputed mob boss admits extortion

NEW YORK | A man reputed to be a leader of New York’s Gambino crime family has pleaded guilty to extortion.

Joseph Corozzo pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to charges he conspired to extort a cement company. Prosecutors dropped a drug trafficking charge.

Corozzo was one of 62 alleged mafia associates rounded up in February and charged with crimes dating to the 1970s.

The plea bargain calls for him to serve four to five years in prison. He is among nearly 50 people who have pleaded guilty in the case.

Florida crocodile hits Carolina beach

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. | Beach officials ordered everyone out of the water because of a dangerous animal, but it wasn’t a shark this time.

Instead, wildlife officials ended up trapping a 6-foot-long American crocodile in the surf Thursday.

Steve Bennett of the Department of Natural Resources told the Post and Courier of Charleston that the crocodile likely escaped or was released by someone who illegally brought it from its normal habitat in southern Florida, though he acknowledged that it was possible for the crocodile to have swum up the coast.

Officials said they shut down the beach and ordered hundreds out of the water as a precaution until the crocodile was trapped. No injuries were reported. Officials planned to send the creature to an alligator park, or to a wildlife preserve in south Florida.

Hamilton house moved to N.Y. park

NEW YORK | A house more than two centuries old that once belonged to Alexander Hamilton has been moved to a park in New York.

The yellow, wooden home made the trip aboard a massive dolly Saturday morning. The journey was a little more than a city block, but it took three hours for workers to roll the structure to its new location in St. Nicholas Park in Harlem.

The Founding Father lived in the home in northern Manhattan for two years before his death in a duel in 1804. Congress made it a national memorial in 1962. The National Park Service is moving the building so it can be restored.

Franken wins party endorsement

ROCHESTER, Minn. | Al Franken won a resounding endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Saturday from Minnesota Democratic activists at their convention, quickly dispatching concerns about jokes that offended some and promising a tough challenge to Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

“To the people of Minnesota, let me say this: I’m not a perfect person,” said Mr. Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer. “I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I’ll tell the truth, I will keep my spine, and I will work for you.”

Mr. Franken’s only Democratic competitor, college professor and peace activist Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, withdrew after Mr. Franken passed the necessary 60 percent threshold on the first ballot. Mr. Nelson-Pallmeyer proposed that delegates unanimously back Mr. Franken, adding that he will work for Mr. Franken’s election and won’t run in the Democratic primary in September.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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